As a busy mom, I know how it feels to balance that double-edged sword of either missing a workout or feeling guilty about sacrificing quality time with your baby. That’s why when my own son was a baby, I began incorporating workouts into my routine that would allow me to couple a great sweat session with a little baby/mommy time. These 18 mom and baby workout moves are simple and effective, and the only equipment you will need is your baby, a baby carrier, a yoga mat and your own body weight. Remember to check with your doctor first to confirm that you and your baby are both healthy enough for this workout. Once you have the clearance (and some comfy workout clothes), get ready to sweat!

Also, if these moves are new to you or if you’re unsure how these exercises will affect your baby, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider prior to beginning the workout. Having the information you need will help keep both you and your baby safe and healthy.

Plié Squat: With baby tucked in tight in his or her baby carrier, stand a little more than shoulder-width apart, toes turned out and begin to Plié. Start with 2 sets of 20 and build on as you become stronger. For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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Squat Press: Hold on tight to your baby and begin to squat down toward a bench. Make sure to keep your core tight as you push up through your heels to stand. Complete 2 sets of 25 or add an extra set if you are feeling energized! For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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Russian Twists: While seated on the floor, hold on to your baby and begin to twist from side-to-side. Complete 3 sets of 15. For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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Push-Ups: Lay your baby on his or her back and hover over them in the push-up position. As you lower yourself down into the push-up, be sure to give the baby some sugar! You may not need another reason to kiss them, but it’s an awesome reward for all of your hard work! Complete 3 sets of 25. For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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Baby Upright Row: This fun and easy exercise is as simple as picking up your baby! Complete 3 sets of 15-20 reps. For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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Reverse Crunch: Lie face up on the floor (be sure to use a mat for comfort), and with baby in hand and resting on legs, curl your legs up until your low back is off the floor. Do 15 to 20 reps. Rest and play for a few seconds, then do 1 more set. For more instructions on how to do this move correctly, click here.

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